Mid-Missouri police academy sees increase in enrollment amid unrest

9 months 4 days 1 hour ago August 22, 2016 Aug 22, 2016 Monday, August 22 2016 Monday, August 22, 2016 9:20:00 AM CDT in News
By: Kiara Ealy, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — A police academy may not be the first place that comes to mind when hearing the words “back to school,” but after only a week off for summer vacation, staff at MU’s Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) in Columbia will welcome a new class of officers Monday morning.

What sets the fall 2016 LETI class apart from others is its higher enrollment numbers. Adam Duncan, Assistant Academy Director of LETI, said recent negativity surrounding law enforcement could have prompted an increase in enrollment in the program.

“There’s a little bit of a backlash, so we had a short period of time where fewer than average officers or people that were interested in being police officers,” Duncan said. “Now, many folks are saying, ‘I really want to help my community. I want to do this right.’ So they’re interested in the field and we’re seeing our numbers trend upward.”

Training in mid-Missouri means staying in mid-Missouri, for some of the officers starting basic training.

“Out of any given class, about half of them stay in the central Missouri area,” Duncan said. 

No matter where officers end up working, staff at LETI make sure trainees are ready to head out into the force or build upon current skillsets. Most of all, Duncan said LETI focuses on the current issue of officers in the program reducing the use of excessive force. 

“We look at that force continuum as beginning with the officer showing up, then whenever we begin to move into the area where excessive force is questioned, the officer should be able to articulate why or how we got to the point where we did - why they used the force that they used,” Duncan said.

The Institute offers three emphases - basic law enforcement training, continuing education for current statewide officers and national animal cruelty investigation school. Graduates of LETI’s basic training program complete 700 certification hours, which is 100 more hours than what’s required by Missouri, before they move on to the officer licensing exam and are hired by a police department or sheriff’s office.

LETI has been in operation since 1946 and is the second oldest police academy in Missouri. According to the LETI website, the program is also the second oldest program of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

More News

Grid
List
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Interior Ministry official says at least 18 people were killed when a suici de car... More >>
27 minutes ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:25:45 AM CDT in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post reports that Russia's ambassador to the U.S. has told his superiors that he and... More >>
1 hour ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:54:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a proposal in a special session that supporters hope will bring hundreds... More >>
3 hours ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:13:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A father was sentenced in federal court Friday for threatening the attorney who represented one of his... More >>
12 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 8:04:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
OSAGE BEACH – People going to Lake of the Ozarks this Memorial Day Weekend may encounter severe weather, dampening the... More >>
12 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:56:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A motor vehicle collision left a man seriously injured Friday morning. Elmer Redcay, 62, was northbound... More >>
13 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:53:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Gas prices leading up to Memorial Day Weekend went up in Mid Missouri by about ten cents. ... More >>
13 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 6:56:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri economic development officials have authorized more than $6 million of incentives to several businesses that... More >>
15 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Arkansas man faces up to a decade in federal prison now that he's admitted forcing a... More >>
16 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 4:28:00 PM CDT in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis-area woman convicted in March of secretly poisoning her son with prescription medications has been... More >>
17 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 3:13:42 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A 16-year-old has been detained following the April murder of 63-year-old Jerry Robertson of Jefferson City. In... More >>
17 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 3:12:00 PM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES - A judge declared a mistrial in the case against Serghei Comerzan Friday afternoon. Jurors were not able... More >>
18 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 2:04:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
UPDATED 5/26/17 7:01 p.m. with new information. COLUMBIA - A 4-year-old child was taken to a hospital with life-threatening... More >>
19 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 1:20:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County deputies served a search warrant at 507 N. Garth Avenue in Columbia as the result... More >>
20 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 12:28:00 PM CDT in News
PLATTE COUNTY - Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a 25-year-old northwest Missouri man if he is convicted... More >>
21 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 11:09:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Police have made an arrest in the investigation of a suspicious death in April. A 16-year-old... More >>
22 hours ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 10:15:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Fire Department says it rescued a man after he became trapped between a... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:55:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A Cape Girardeau institute that helps autistic people will remain open despite losing its state funding.... More >>
1 day ago May 26, 2017 May 26, 2017 Friday, May 26 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017 7:26:35 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
9am 73°
10am 76°
11am 79°
12pm 80°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today Weekend
9:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
10:00a
The Voyager with Josh Garcia
8:30a
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition
9:00a
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition
9:30a
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan: Family Edition

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Fast & Furious 6
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld